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« on: December 22, 2010 04:40:31 PM »

Hi guys and gals!
 I feel really stupid for asking this so please don't mock me Tongue
 I've sewn loads of mini skirts with a separate Lycra waist band and they are fine, I'm now trying to sew one for my mother out of just stretch velvet. I'm using 2 pieces, the front and the back. My first problem is the hips! They keep bulging and it won't go away even if I take it in at the area :|
Next problem is hemming the fabric. I hate sewing stretch velvet. It keeps rolling on itself and doesn't like going though my machine. I end up having to pull it which of course leaves lettuce leaf effects Sad Anyone got any videos / tips on how to hem the stuff?!

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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2010 12:12:00 PM »

More pins! For the hem, anyways. I've sewn alot with cotton jersey, and some will roll more than others. When I get the roll-y stuff, I have to pin every 1.5 inches just to keep it stable while I sew.

As for the hip bulging, can you post a pic to show what you mean?

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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2010 11:59:17 AM »

Stitch some lace trim or bias tape to the edge of the hem (right sides together) then turn that under & hem.

« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2011 04:33:21 AM »

I know your pain! I got really into velour and stretch velvet. I have 2 tips for you:
the hips issue- the best mini skirt I made had panels of non stretchy fabric down both sides , this made my life sooo much easier as the velvet had something to sit on and I got a lot less curling. Panels are key to a good shape with stretch velvet.

I cannot recommend getting a machine needle for stretch fabric enough. NO SNAGGING! yaay stretch needles are our friends!
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as you can see there was a little bit of buckling at the bottom but this was made to fit a human body not a teeny weeny tailors dummy! when it is on a body you don't get the buckling

So adding in the panels is key on the hips. I have tried to just do a skirt from one bit of fabric but bodies aren't really that shape. a friend of mine made me a stretch velvet mini with stretch velvet panels in the side and that worked really well to but if you are getting annoyed with the stretch velvet i would start with non stretch panels.
good luck and I hope to see the outcome whatever you decide! Cheesy

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